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As for the spot that's why I gave partner Axxx not AJxx
April 6
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You may unique in your belief that KQ10xxxxx x KQ xx is too good to open 4.
April 6
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That would not nearly be as “imaginative” as South's 4 bid.
April 6
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I don't think you need extra ways to show one of doubler's suits.
April 6
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How will partner use that information if he was dealt x xxx Axxx KQxxx, after declarer puts up the king of diamonds? I'm worried he'll try to cash another club.
April 6
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What if he has three or four diamonds to the ace of diamonds (with or without the jack) and five clubs? (Comment on David's original suggestion to give count in clubs.)
April 6
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 6
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Win the ace of clubs, return a count card in diamonds (8 presumably).

Note that I am assuming OP's statement about fourth-best applies to opening leads. I would assume count signals in the middle of the hand need to be as clear as possible, which fourth-best is not.
April 6
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 7
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Some people will pass, but more will bid. I think it's close.
April 6
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Yes, with traditional agreements, this is roughly what one would assume without discussion.

However, if your opponents have read Bergen, their 3 rebid will be much stronger than x xxx AQJxxx KJx. They will rebid bad 2NT with that.
April 6
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Where logical, mostly meaning at matchpoints….
April 6
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I don't think Ed was replying to you, but to Jan.
April 5
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So the undouble call already exists!
April 5
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That depends on how quickly the director was called. As soon as he is called, play ceases, so if a card was face up when he was called, it damn well better stay that way.
April 5
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I also wonder whether cognitive bias may have contributed to some of the differences. The format of bidding questions on BBO highlights the hand above all else, which in this case will influence people toward bidding spades. On the other hand, the way these problems are usually presented by directors to third parties tends to highlight the auction, which in this case will influence people toward passing–they will probably feel that they want to pass without looking at their hand, never imagining that this could be their hand. It's hard to walk away from first impressions.

None of this changes the fact that seven is a ridiculously small sample…
April 5
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John, you seem to assume partner knows about our fifth spade. He does not.
April 5
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I have too much to pass, and there's no way I'm going to make a heavy preempt against a weak pair (not that it's all that tempting anyway when my singleton is in clubs).
April 4
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Pass. If it goes 1NT-P-P-, I will use my favorite obscure convention…2 takeout over dead NT. Ironically, if the colors were reversed, I would also pass initially, but I would double 1NT for penalty (and a lead) if it got passed around.
April 4
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I agree that pass is forcing, but I think a direct 5 (weaker than pass and pull for me) is enough. There are a lot of ways 11 tricks can be the limit when I have this yucky shape.
April 4
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I agree. I initially misread the scoring and thought it was IMPs, at which I would bid 5. But pass seems right at matchpoints.
April 4
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Wow, people not named Steve Robinson voted for 1? I'm surprised.
April 4
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